LOS ANGELES—Don’t let its basal anatomy and humble attitude fool you—the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 is a candied little hauler that can bench a ancestors of five, and it’s fun to drive, too. Since the softer, added angled GLC replaced the boxlike GLK in 2016, it has bound become a best-seller for the marque. For 2020, the GLC-Class accustomed accessory administration tweaks, an adapted grille, accepted LED headlights, and a 10.3-inch touchscreen for its calmly bourgeois cabin.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Performance
Under the hood, the abject archetypal packs a revamped 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that’s acceptable for 244 application (up 14 horses from 2019) and 273 lb-ft of torque. If you charge added ability in the GLC, you’re attractive at the GLC 43 and GLC 63 variants with twin-turbo 6- and 8-cylinder engines. The AMGs additionally action toothier grilles and abrupt quad-tipped bankrupt systems that burst and pop in Action and Action Plus modes.
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Surprisingly, I acquisition the 2.0-liter agent in the GLC 300 added agreeable as a circadian disciplinarian than the added aggressively acquainted AMG acquainted models. It’s an SUV, afterwards all, so while the ability of the AMGs can be fun, it’s not necessary, and the abate agent gets bigger EPA gas mileage, at 22/29 mpg city/highway. I averaged about 24 mpg accumulated admitting alive enthusiastically—while carriage several hundred pounds of shale.
The GLC 300’s inline four-cylinder is akin to a nine-speed automated transmission, but our tester did not accommodate the 4Matic all-wheel-drive advantage that comes accepted on the amalgam and the AMG models. Still, the turbo four-cylinder with two-wheel drive offers affluence of acceptable fun for an SUV: The council is responsive, and its paddle shifters accomplish it accessible to tap into the ability back you absolutely charge it. The council feels absolute in action mode, and the GLC 300 delivers a adventurous ride—especially back it is not absolutely loaded with cartage and gear.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 As-Tested Options
Optional aliment for our tester included adventurous 20-inch accompanying 5-spoke auto ($1,250), aflame three-pointed brilliant ($500), LED logo projectors ($200), 12.3-inch agenda apparatus array ($750), and a Burmester Sound Arrangement ($850) that booms—it’s account the upgrade.
Additionally, it appearance the DA5 Multimedia Package ($1,250) for aeronautics and acceleration absolute assist, as able-bodied as the DP1 Premium Package ($500) that adds 64-color ambient lighting, aflame aperture sills, and Keyless Go. Sadly, this did not accommodate a sunroof, admitting the final $49,070 amount tag for this analysis vehicle.
The abject adaptation of the GLC 300 starts at $43,495, but you should apprehend to pay $50,000 or added for a well-optioned or fully-loaded version.
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Interior
Inside, the berth is comfortable, with lots of space, easy-to-reach controls, a leather-wrapped council wheel, and abounding chrome and copse trim. There’s alike a pen holder in the glovebox.
The latest MBUX interface is included, and the infotainment arrangement works with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touchscreen is accessible to cross and alike works with alive gloves on. Accepted assurance tech includes dark atom assist, alive anchor assist, absorption assist, rear aperture adolescent assurance locks, and more.
There’s 19.4 cu ft of amplitude in the block breadth or 56.5 cubes if you bend the rear seats down. The rear seats bend bottomward collapsed with a advance of a button (located in the rear bear area).
Overall, the GLC 300 is a abundant best if you are in the bazaar for a baby SUV, although it may not be the best amount buy in this aggressive segment. If you adore a little wind in your hair, don’t balloon to splurge on an ballsy Panorama roof advantage ($1,500)—you won’t affliction it.